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Scientists can turn crystals into reusable electrical conductors

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:46:00 -0400

(image) For some time, scientists have been experimenting with crystals to see if they can become a new kind of memory storage. Now, scientists at Washington State University have figured how to make a transparent crystal conduct electricity. What's more, it...



Apple trims its iPod lineup to one lonely model

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:27:00 -0400

(image) The iPod is clearly an endangered species after 15 years. Apple has quietly discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, yanking their product pages from its website. Both MP3 players are hanging around retail stores, but not for long -- if you're...



Fitbit makes Cortana your new workout partner

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:12:00 -0400

(image) Fitbit might have had a few issues (okay, many issues) developing their long-expected smartwatch, but they have some good news today if you use Windows. You can now use the Fitbit skill with Cortana, Windows' virtual personal assistant. Microsoft int...



Fender's Mustang GT amps pack an overkill of digital options

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) Playing the electric guitar in a cover band can be complex. You need to be able to sound like a wide range of different guitar players, each with their own distinct sound -- much of which is based on their unique amplifier and effects profile. The Fe...



'Wolfenstein II' DLC adds three new Nazi-punching characters

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:44:00 -0400

(image) You'll be playing as more than just the broken-schmeckled B.J. Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. That's because the game's three expansions will feature a different protagonist fighting for America by punching and murdering the Nazis st...



Comcast's live TV streaming service could launch by year’s end

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:29:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this year, rumors circulated that Comcast was planning to launch Xfinity Instant TV, a live TV streaming service for Comcast internet customers that don't have a cable package. During an earnings conference call today, Comcast CEO Brian Rober...



Ford’s Chariot rideshare service expands to New York City

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:14:00 -0400

(image) New Yorkers are set to get yet another transportation option this summer, when Ford's shuttle service Chariot expands into the city. The service initially launched in San Francisco in September 2016, with the automaker not long after announcing its p...



Funny Or Die puts you inside a robot racing toward obsolescence

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) It's 1982. A young boy named Dennis has just received the birthday present of his dreams. It's you -- a Japanese robot that can repeat words, although for the most part you watch silently. That's the premise of Felix & Paul Studios' 40-minute-lon...



Facebook Messenger update makes business bots easier to deal with

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) After launching Messenger 2.0 in April, Facebook has just dropped the platform's 2.1 update. Once again, most of these changes are here to help businesses, with Facebook focusing on improving how its Messenger bots work in the latest update. Messenge...



Gucci's latest fashion is a retro sci-fi mashup

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:43:00 -0400

(image) While some designers look to the future of fashion and tech, Gucci is going back to what 1960s and '70s Hollywood thought the future would be. For its Gucci and Beyond Winter Instagram campaign, the fashion house showed off some colorful, kaleidoscop...



Just Eat is trialling restaurant deliveries like Deliveroo

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:35:00 -0400

(image) For the longest time, all takeaway sites were the same. You searched by post code or cuisine type and then browsed the businesses listed in your local area. Then Deliveroo came along with its army of couriers and the promise of big-name restaurant fo...



Google and MLB team up for behind-the-scenes Daydream VR videos

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:28:00 -0400

(image) Sports teams are no stranger to VR; after all, the NFL partnered with Google Daydream to produce an exclusive series called All or Nothing last year. Major League Baseball has also collaborated with Google Daydream on a video game and the MLB.com At...



Airbnb helps you tell everyone why you left that dive early

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:13:00 -0400

(image) Airbnb is changing its online reviews system so it's easier to leave feedback for a property you vacate before your stay is complete. Previously, the only way to do this was through Airbnb's customer service department, which is something most people...



'Marjorie Prime' imagines a world where AI keeps us from grieving

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:58:00 -0400

(image) Despite humanity's astounding technological advances, the one thing that we've never been able to invent our way out of is our own mortality. But what if you never actually had to lose the ones you love? That's the premise of upcoming sci-fi flick Ma...



Sony's A7S II camera shot 4K video from outside the ISS

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:41:00 -0400

(image) Sony has revealed some dazzling 4K video shot by its low-light champ A7S II from the ISS, showing the US and Japan by day and night. The mirrorless, full-frame model is not the first 4K camera on the International Space Station -- the 6K Red Dragon p...



Facebook helped blunt Russian meddling in French elections

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:24:00 -0400

(image) Facebook played a key role in identifying and stopping Russian interference in the recent French election, a US congressman has revealed. During the attack, Russian intelligence operatives attempted to spy on Emmanuel Macron's election campaign by po...



Viral cooking videos control Buzzfeed's $150 Bluetooth hot plate

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:09:00 -0400

(image) If you've ever been reading Buzzfeed and thought "this is a company that should get into the hardware business," well, you're in luck. The media company has paired with GE to bring you a Bluetooth-enabled induction cooktop that pairs with their all-n...



Samsung’s budget phones are cheap, but that’s not enough

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Samsung leads the pack when it comes to high-end Android phones, but its understanding of the mid-range and budget market is seriously lacking. On Monday, the company unveiled its new Galaxy J7 and J3 unlocked handsets, which cost $220 and $150 respe...



Samsung's PhoneCast app streams videos to your Gear VR

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:42:00 -0400

(image) Samsung's Gear VR has a sweet 200-inch virtual screen you can use to watch videos. Unfortunately, what you can watch is limited by the fact that it's not compatible with third-party apps. The good news is that the Korean conglomerate's new applicatio...



US scientists have genetically modified human embryos

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:23:00 -0400

(image) A team of scientists from Oregon have performed the first known instance of gene editing on human embryos in the US, according to MIT's Tech Review. Shoukhrat Mitalipov from Oregon Health and Science University and his team have reportedly corrected...



LG's G6 wasn't the hit phone the company craves

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:02:00 -0400

(image) After almost breaking even last quarter, LG's mobile division is back to its subpar self. In the last three months, the manufacturer's handsets lost it $117.27 million. The company is pinning the blame on "weaker than expected" premium smartphone sal...



Google Play Music and YouTube Red to merge into single service

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:41:00 -0400

(image) YouTube Red and Google Play Music will eventually merge to create a new service. The move comes after months of speculation following Google's decision back in February to combine its YouTube and Play Music teams. According to The Verge, YouTube Musi...



Tesla will livestream the first Model 3 deliveries tomorrow

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:21:00 -0400

(image) Elon Musk promised to hand over the first 30 Tesla Model 3s at a special soirée tomorrow (July 28th), and buyers and fans of the EV are psyched. Rightfully so -- it's the most important electric car ever, with sales estimated at around 400,000...



GoPro QuikStories automatically creates a sweet edit for you

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) If you've spent more than five minutes on social media recently, you'll know that "stories" are the hot new currency. Sharing your day with your followers keeps you and your friends coming back for more. While stories have largely been the realm of a...



The top Twitch clip involves a horror game and Jack Daniels

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Tom Wheldon started streaming on Twitch as JurassicJunkieLive two months ago. He was an intrepid tinkerer and a veteran video creator who started making YouTube videos before it was the cool kids' multi-million-dollar industry. Wheldon regularly disc...